Joe’s Morning Sports-Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The Golden State Warriors experienced a bit of drama before and during last night’s win over the Atlanta Hawks. The Warriors took the court hours after handing All-Star forward Draymond Green a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team. He had a heated exchange with teammate Kevin Durant after Green lost the ball instead of passing it to Durant during the waning moments of regulation in Monday’s overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Without Green and the injured Stephen Curry, Durant scored 29 points and nailed a key jumper in the final minute of Golden State’s 110-103 win over the Hawks. Durant told reporters after the game that he wants to keep the incident with Green “in house”.
Monday’s anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs has been moved from Mexico City to Los Angeles by the NFL due to the poor condition of the field at Azteca Stadium. The league said it determined that the recently re-sodded field at Mexico City’s historic stadium “does not meet NFL standards for playability and consistency, and will not meet those standards by next Monday.”
The top ten remain the same in the latest College Football Playoff rankings. Alabama stayed atop the rankings, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame and Michigan. On the outside looking in are Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Washington State, West Virginia and Ohio State. Unbeaten Central Florida climbed one spot to eleventh. The third rankings of the season were drama-free last night after every top-ten team won last weekend.
James Connor will serve as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ primary running back the remainder of the season. Le’Veon Bell has refused to sign his $14.4 million franchise tender before yesterday’s deadline, making him ineligible to play for the AFC North leaders or anyone else this season. Bell declined to accept the offer after becoming one of only three players in recent NFL history to be franchise tagged in consecutive seasons, joining linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Kirk Cousins. Connor has been outstanding during Bell’s absence, ranking third in the NFL with 771 yards rushing.
The Creighton men’s soccer team ended its 2018 season with an 11-4-3 record, including 7-1-1 in the Big East, good enough for 25th in the final regular-season United Soccer coaches poll. The Jays fell from 17th after losing to Marquette on penalty kicks in the Big East tournament. The school announced Monday that assistant Johnny Torres was promoted to head coach after Elmar Bolowich resigned. Creighton missed out on the NCAA tournament.
Local Schedule: Seton Hall at Nebraska (MBB-6:30); Northern Arizona at UNO (MBB-7:00).
Local Scores: NECC 106 York JV 74 (MBB); NECC 76 North Platte CC 42 (WBB); WSC 84 Waldorf 56 (MBB).
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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Cleveland 113 Charlotte 89
Final Houston 109 Denver 99
Final Golden State 110 Atlanta 103
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final New Jersey 4 Pittsburgh 2
Final N-Y Islanders 5 Vancouver 2
Final Florida 2 Philadelphia 1
Final Buffalo 2 Tampa Bay 1
Final Detroit 6 Arizona 1
Final Washington 5 Minnesota 2
Final Edmonton 6 Montreal 2
Final Toronto 5 L.A. Kings 1
Final San Jose 5 Nashville 4
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (5) Tennessee 66 Georgia Tech 53
Final (22) LSU 85 Memphis 76